"Stop Kvetching" Board Workshop: Say goodbye to the same-old-way of doing things as a Board - April

On April 28, 2011, Jan Masaoka, editor-in-chief of Blue Avocado, the influential online magazine on nonprofit governance and leadership, presented "Stop Kvetching" Board Workshop: Say goodbye to the same-old-way of doing things as a Board.

These days, Jewish Camp Boards have bigger decisions to make and new work to do. Funders are expecting Jewish Camp Boards to act more professionally and strategically. Board members are being asked to raise money - often toward multimillion dollar goals. Oy veh! What's a Board member or Camp Director to do? Ms. Masaoka, who has earned a national reputation for a new way of thinking about Boards and their relationship with their executives, led a discussion that attempted to help both Boards and Camp Executives consider how they can meet these rising expectations. This webinar covered topics such as :


  • Why do nonprofit Boards exist?
  • What is the role of the Board and of each Board member?
  • Why Strategic Plans don't work (!) and what to do instead.
  • How to recruit new Board members who are ready and prepared to work on Camp's top priorities.
  • What to do if your Board is underperforming.


Blue Avocado (LINK) - Click Here
Website with a wealth of articles about Board Governance.

Camp Works: The Long-Term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp (LINK) - Click Here
Research funded by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and coordinated by Stephen Cohen, Professor of Jewish social policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Limud by the Lake Revisited: Growth and Change at Camp (LINK) - Click Here
Research funded by the Avi Chai Foundation and carried out by Amy Sales and her team at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University

Ten Quick Ways to Invigorate Board Meetings (LINK) - Click Here
Article from Jan Masaoka (Blue Avocado) about tips for making Board meetings more effective.


WATCH: "Stop Kvetching Board Workshop"